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Adam And Paul
Director: Lenny Abrahamson Release Year: 2004 Genres: comedy, drama Cast: Mark O'Halloran, Tom Murphy Runtime: 83 min Production Co: Element Films Country: Ireland
Synopsis: This movie follows a day in the life of 2 Dublin Heroin addicts, Adam and Paul. Adam is the taller and slightly smarter of the two while Paul is his sidekick. Since they were small boys, Adam and Paul have withered into two hopeless, desperate Dublin junkies, tied together by habit and necessity. A stylized, downbeat comedy, the film follows the pair through a single day, which, like every other, is entirely devoted to the business of scrounging and robbing money for drugs.
It's All Gone
Dowse Release Year: 2004 Genres: drama, comedy Cast: Paul Kaye, Beatriz Batarda, Kate Magowan, Mike Wilmot, Neil Maskell, Monica Maja, Pete Tong Runtime: 89 min Production Co: Matson Films Country: United Kingdom, Canada
Synopsis: Former musician Frankie Wilde is a legend within the Ibiza club scene for being the most inspired DJ around. On top of that, he has a beautiful model wife named Sonja Slowinski, although many within his social circle don't see her as being a good influence on him. But Frankie has disappeared from the Ibiza club scene now for a year, with most only speculating that his life has degenerated into squalor based on his excessive lifestyle in Ibiza. In reality, Frankie's current disappearance and his ultimate fate is due in part to his excessive substance abuse, especially of cocaine, but also partly due to exposure to continual loud music and a physical disorder: he went completely deaf, with no possibility of getting his hearing back. As he went from partial hearing to total deafness, Frankie believed he could still eke out a living as a DJ without telling many of his descent into total deafness.
Director: Taylor Hackford Release Year: 2004 Genres: drama, biography Cast: Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Regina King, Clifton Powell, Harry Lennix, Bokeem Woodbine, Aunjanue Ellis, Sharon Warren, C.J. Sanders, Curtis Armstrong Runtime: 152 min Production Co: Universal Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: Ray Charles has the distinction of being both a national treasure and an international phenomenon. By the early 1960's Ray Charles had accomplished his dream. He'd come of age musically. He'd made it to Carnegie Hall. The hit records "Georgia," "Born to Lose" successively kept climbing to the top of the charts. He'd made his first triumphant European concert tour in 1960 (a feat which, except for 1965, he's repeated at least once a year ever since). He had taken virtually every form of popular music and broken through its boundaries with such awe inspiring achievements as the LP's "Genius Plus Soul Equals Jazz" and "Modern Sounds in Country & Western." Rhythm & blues (or "race music" as it had been called) became universally respectable through his efforts. Jazz found a mainstream audience it had never previously enjoyed.
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Director: Asia Argento Release Year: 2004 Genres: drama Cast:Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett, Ornella Muti, Peter Fonda, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Marilyn Manson, Kara Kemp, Brent Almond, David Dwyer, Kip Pardue, Jeremy Renner Runtime: 98 min Production Co: Above All Things Inc., Artist Film, Metro Tartan Distribution Ltd. Country: USA
Synopsis: The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six years old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife style and is introduced to booze and drugs and mentally, physically and sexually abused by Sarah, her lovers and her religiously fanatic family.
Director: Shimmy Marcus Release Year: 2003 Genres: comedy Cast: Wuzza Conlon, Gavin Kelty, Laura Pyper, Steven Berkoff, Tom Hickey, Jonathan Block, Amanda Brunker, Mark Doherty, Dermot Doran Runtime: 82 min Production Co: Ipso Facto Films, Rotterdam Film Fund, IJswater Films Country: Ireland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom
Synopsis: Headrush is a crime comedy about two disillusioned youths, struggling through a haze of cannabis, who hope to solve all their problems by smuggling a consignement of drugs for a local gangster. It's set in the present day in Dublin, Ireland against the backdrop of the end of the Celtic Tiger: the bursting of the bubble of this economy boom that's supposed to have done wonders for us all.
Director: Catherine Hardwicke Release Year: 2003 Genres: drama Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Holly Hunter, Nikki Reed, Jeremy Sisto, Brady Corbet, Deborah Kara Unger Runtime: 100 min Production Co: Fox Searchlight Pictures Country: USA
Synopsis: At the edge of adolescence, Tracy is a smart straight-A student--if not a little naive (it seems...she smokes and she cuts to alleviate the emotional pain she suffers from having a broken home and hating her mom's boyfriend, Brady.) When she befriends Evie, the most popular and beautiful girl in school, Evie leads Tracy down a path of sex, drugs and petty crime (like stealing money from purses and from stores). As Tracy transforms herself and her identity, her world becomes a boiling, emotional cauldron fueled by new tensions between her and her mother--as well as, teachers and old friends.
Director: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato Release Year: 2003 Genres: drama Cast:Macaulay Culkin,
Seth Green, Chloe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Dylan McDermott,
Marilyn Manson Runtime: 98 min Production Co: World of Wonder Country: USA
Synopsis: Set in the New York club scene of the late 1980's thru the 1990's, a tale which chronicles the rise and fall of club-kid promoter Michael Alig, a party organizer, whose extravagant life was sent spiralling downward when he boasted on television that he had killed his friend, roommate, and drug dealer, Angel Melendez. Originally from Indiana, Alig moved to New York, and came to be an underground legend, known for his excessive drug use and outrageous behavior in the club world. At his peak, he had his own record label, and magazine, and hosted Disco 2000, one of the biggest club nights in New York in the '90s. He was doing a lot of drugs, and as his addiction got worse, his party themes became darker and more twisted. Alig's saga reached its tragic crescendo when he viciously murdered his drug dealer, Angel, by injecting him with Drano and throwing him in the East River. The power he wielded on the club scene made him feel untouchable, so he didn't hestitate to boast of the murder.
Director: Mark David Release Year: 2003 Genres: horror Cast:Eric Roberts, Kirk Harris, John Savage, Camilla Overbye
Roos Runtime: 104 min Production Co: Raging Nation Films, Inc Country: USA
Synopsis: Dorian Shanley, is a heart surgeon who abuses alcohol and drugs. Dorian trades stolen pharmaceuticals for cocaine , provided by his best friend and enabler, Teddy. While Dorian's life and career take a nosedive, Shanley numbs the pain of losing his father, William Shanley, to a form of Alzheimer's common in prizefighters. To further complicate circumstances, Dorian falls in love with his girlfriend's best friend from college, Anna. The film follows Shanley through a maze of pharmacies, clubs and binges and surgeries, into the heart of drug abuse.
Director: Gillies MacKinnon Release Year: 2002 Genres: drama Cast: Harry Eden, Molly Parker, Keira Knightley, Vinnie Hunter, David Wenham, Nitin Chandra Ganatra Runtime: 96 min Production Co: A Bad Way Ltd. Country: United Kingdom
Following the death of her husband, 10-year-old Paul's mother Mel comes to rely on an old friend, Lenny, who is also a pimp and dealer. Soon Paul must take care of both his mother and his younger brother. When Mel's friend and fellow user dies, Paul must confront the fear that has been gathering in the pit of his stomach: having lost his father, his mother too may abandon him. Even with his limitations as a child, he takes action to stop this from happening.
Director: Michael Winterbottom Release Year: 2002 Genres: comedy, drama Cast: Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, John Simm Runtime: 112 min Production Co: Baby Cow Productions Country: United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands
Synopsis: Manchester 1976: Cambridge educated Tony Wilson, Granada TV presenter, is at a Sex Pistols gig. Totally inspired by this pivotal moment in music history, he and his friends set up a record label, Factory Records, signing first Joy Division (who go on to become New Order) then James and the Happy Mondays, who all become seminal artists of their time. What ensues is a tale of music, sex, drugs, larger-than-life characters, and the birth of one of the most famous dance clubs in the world, The Hacienda - a mecca for clubbers as famous as the likes of Studio 54. Graphically depicting the music and dance heritage of Manchester from the late 70's to the early 90's, this comedy documents the vibrancy that made Mad-chester the place in the world that you would most like to be.
Director: Jonas Akerlund Release Year: 2002 Genres: comedy, drama Cast:Jason Schwartzman, Mickey Rourke, Brittany Murphy, John
Leguizamo, Mena Suvari, Patrick Fugit, Eric Roberts Runtime: 101 min Production Co: Silver Nitrate Country: USA
Synopsis: A crystal-meth addict struggles to get his next fix as he obsesses over a recent breakup in Spun, a black-comic drug drama from music video director Jonas Akerlund. Rushmore's Jason Schwartzman stars as Ross, a young man who finds his maniacal world crumbling around him over the course of one long weekend. Spun chronicles Ross' travails as he tries to score from his regular dealer, Spider Mike, who realizes during Ross' visit that he's misplaced his stash. Indisposed by the frantic drug search, Spider Mike's girlfriend, Cookie, enlists Ross to pick up her stripper friend Nikki from work, and when he grudgingly agrees, he learns that Nikki might have an inside line on some of her own speed, courtesy of The Cook. Meanwhile, two bumbling cops are onto Spider Mike's trail, and in his paranoid-delusional state, he sets out to find out who set him up.
The Salton Sea
Director: D.J. Caruso Release Year: 2002 Genres: drama Cast:Val Kilmer, Vincent D'Onofrio,
Doug Hutchison, Peter
Sarsgaard Runtime: 113 min Production Co: Warner Bros Country: USA
Synopsis: After the murder of his beloved wife, Danny Parker is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey he befriends slacker Jimmy the Finn and becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette from her own demons. Danny is antagonized by undercover narcotics agents and sadistic dealer Pooh-Bear.
Director: James Cox Release Year: 2002 Genres: drama, crime Cast:Jared Leto,
John C. McGinley,
Mark Rolston Runtime: 97 min Production Co: Alex Entertainment Inc. Country: USA
Synopsis: Jack is caught with the wife of his employer, a Vegas thug. The thug sends goons after Jack, who convinces his best friend, Pilot, to flee with him. Pilot insists that they head for Seattle, but doesn't tell Jack why. The goons learn from Pilot's drug source where the youths are headed, and they follow, hell bent on breaking Jack's feet. On the road, Jack and Pilot give a ride to Cassie, a distressed young woman. She and Jack hit it off. They pick up an aging stoner headed to Seattle for Kurt Cobain's memorial, and they help a circus sideshow family. Why is Pilot so set on Seattle, will the goons catch Jack, and is there any way the friends' competing needs can be resolved?
The Rules of Attraction
Director: Roger Avary Release Year: 2002 Genres: comedy, drama Cast:James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel, Kip Pardue, Kate Bosworth, Ian Somerhalder, Joel Michaely, Jay Baruchel, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Clifton Collins Jr. Runtime: 110 min Production Co: Kingsgate Films Country: USA
Synopsis: Camden College. Sean Bateman is the younger brother of depraved Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman. He's also a drug dealer who owes a lot of money to "fellow" dealer Rupert Guest, as well as a well-known womanizer, for he sleeps with nearly half of the female population on campus. Lauren Hynde is, technically, a virgin. She's saving herself for her shallow boyfriend, Victor Johnson, who's left the States to backpack across Europe. Her slutty roommate, Lara, has the hots for Victor as well. Paul Denton, who used to date Lauren, is openly bisexual and attracted to Mitchell Allen, who's dating Candice to prove to Paul that he's not gay. Sean loves Lauren. Paul loves Sean. And Lauren may love Sean.
Based on the book: Bret Easton Ellis "The Rules of Attraction"
Director: Gregor Jordan Release Year: 2001 Genres: comedy Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Anna Paquin, Elizabeth McGovern Runtime: 95 min Production Co: FilmFour, Good Machine, Gorilla Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: 1989. The Berlin Wall is about to fall, and the world is about to be made safe for the new world order. But outside of Stuttgart, West Germany, at Theodore Roosevelt Army Base, Specialist Ray Elwood of the 317th Supply Battalion is about to find his own cold war turn white hot. Elwood's a lovable rogue, a conscript who's managed to turn his military servitude into a blossoming network of black market deals, more out of boredom than ambition. Officially, there's his day job as battalion secretary to the inept but caring Commander Wallace Berman. On the side, there's everything from selling the locals stolen Mop'N'Glo to cooking heroin for the base's ruthless head of Military Police, Sgt. Saad. When a new top sergeant arrives, with the avowed intention of cleaning the base up, Elwood thinks the new blood is nothing he can't handle, especially after he lays eyes on the top's daughter, rebellious Robyn.
Director: Erik Skjoldbjerg Release Year: 2001 Genres: drama Cast:Christina Ricci, Anne Heche, Michelle Williams, Jason Biggs, Nicholas Campbell, Jessica Lange Runtime: 91 min Production Co: Miramax Films, Millennium Films Country: Germany, USA, Canada
Synopsis: Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wurtzel is a teenager accepted into Harvard with a scholarship in journalism. She has been raised by her divorced mother Mrs. Wurtzel since she was two years old, but she misses her father and feels needy and depressive. When she joins the university, she lives with a roommate Ruby and has her sexual initiation with Noah. Her article for the local column in Crimson newspaper is awarded by Rolling Stone magazine. Lizzie becomes abusive in sex and drugs, and her existential crisis and depression increases and she hurts her friends and her mother that love her, while dating Rafe. Mrs. Wurtzel sends her to an expensive psychiatric treatment with Dr. Sterling, in spite of having difficulties paying for her medical bills and therapy sessions. After a long period of treatment under medication, and suicide attempt, Lizzie stabilizes and adjusts to the real world.
South West 9
Parry Release Year: 2001 Genres: comedy, drama Cast: Wil Johnson, Stuart Laing, Mark Letheren, Amelia Shankley, Orlessa Edwards,
Nicola Stapleton, Frank
Harper Runtime: 90 min Production Co: Fruit Salad Films Country: United Kingdom
Synopsis: Five very different characters are thrown together in one weird, mashed up day. It started out like any other, but 24 hours later everything had changed. South West 9 takes you through the windscreen of the new millenium. The death of idealism, capitalism, religion and hippies. Even the drugs don't work anymore. The 'summer of love' generation have come down and they're ready to riot. Seattle. Stockholm. Paris. Genoa. May Day riots.
Director: Ted Demme Release Year: 2001 Genres: crime, drama Cast:Johnny Depp, Penelopa Cruz, Ray Liotta, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths, Paul Reubens, Cliff Curtis Runtime: 93 min Production Co: New Line Cinema Country: USA
Synopsis: A boy named George Jung grows up in a struggling family in the 1950's. His mother nags at her husband as he is trying to make a living for the family. It is finally revealed that George's father cannot make a living and the family goes bankrupt. George does not want the same thing to happen to him, and his friend Tuna, in the 1960's, suggests that he deal marijuana. He is a big hit in California in the 1960's, yet he goes to jail, where he finds out about the wonders of cocaine. As a result, when released, he gets rich by bringing cocaine to America. However, he soon pays the price.
Director: Stephen Kay Release Year: 2001 Genres: drama Cast: Nick Stahl, Summer Phoenix, Aaron Paul, Brittney Irvin, Andrew Airlie, Tony Massil Runtime: 90 min Production Co: New Line Television Country: Canada
Synopsis: Texan small town high school buddies Chris, Owen Turner and Samantha 'Sam' Campbell were inconspicuous, bored and feeling blase about anti-drug campaigns, so they 'experiment'. After OD'ed Sam's dad gets her to detox, she grows closer to gentle Chris, who follows suit, and the pair takes distances from her cocky ex Owen, who gets drawn into the drug scene. Even their friend Brad's OD-death can't get Owen back on track. A knee-injury as track athlete tempts Chris to try Owen's heroin, and fatally switch sides, stupidly followed by Sam. And dealer Kurt's gang shows penniless 'client' kids no mercy.
Director: Leon Ichaso Release Year: 2001 Genres: drama, biography Cast: Benjamin Bratt,
Mandy Patinkin Runtime: 103 min Production Co: Burnside Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: This movie tells the story of the explosive life of a Latino icon, the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Pinero, whose urban poetry is recognized as a pre-cursor to rap and hip-hop. After doing time in hard-core Sing-Sing for petty thefts and drug dealing, Pinero's prison experiences developed into the 1974 Tony-nominated play Short Eyes. The resulting notoriety and fame was too much for the Latino bad-boy genius who retreated to the darker corners of New York City.
Director: Dan Mintz Release Year: 2001 Genres: horror Cast: Brad Hunt, Cyia
Batten, Patrick McGaw Runtime: 93 min Production Co: Pacesetter Productions International Country: USA
Synopsis: After stealing a huge stash of drugs, speed freaks Hector and Darena plan to cook up an enormous batch of crystal meth and get rich quick. Hectors old buddy Merle has the perfect hideout / meth lab, an old abandoned farmhouse in the woods where no one will ever find them. Unfortunately, no one will here their screams either. Turns out. they may not be alone after all. It seems the farmhouse is the site of a horrific urban legend. Paranoid and tormented by demons and terrifying visions, they fall prey to their descending spiral of drug use and mysterious horrifying hallucinations causing the scared and frightened trio to ultimately turn deadly against each other.
Soderbergh Release Year: 2000 Genres: drama Cast:Michael Douglas, Don Cheadie, Benicio Del Toro, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Dennis Quaid, Stephen Bauer Runtime: 142 min Production Co: Bedford Falls Productions, Compulsion Inc. Country: USA
Synopsis: A modern day look at America's war on drugs told through four separate stories that are connected in one way or another. A conservative judge who's just been appointed as the US drug czar learns that his teenage honor student daughter is a drug addict. A beautiful trophy wife struggles to save her wealthy husband's drug business, while two DEA agents protect a witness with inside knowledge of the spouse's business. In Mexico, a slightly corrupt, yet dedicated cop struggles with his conscience when he learns that his new boss may not be the anti-drug official he made himself out to be.
Requiem for a Dream
Director: Darren Aronofsky Release Year: 2000 Genres: drama Cast:Jared Leto, Ellen Burstyn, Jennifer
Connelly, Marlon Wayans Runtime: 100 min Production Co: Artisan Entertainment Country: USA
Synopsis: Drugs. They consume mind, body and soul. Once you're hooked, you're hooked. Four lives. Four addicts. Four failures. Despite their aspirations of greatness, they succumb to their addictions. Watching the addicts spiral out of control, we bear witness to the dirtiest, ugliest portions of the underworld addicts reside in. It is shocking and eye-opening but demands to be seen by both addicts and non-addicts alike.
Based on the book: Hubert Selby Jr. "Requiem for a Dream"
My Head is Spinning /La capa gira/
Director: Alessandro Piva Release Year: 2000 Genres: crime Cast: Mimmo Mancini, Mino Barbarese, Dino Abbrescia, Paolo Sassanelli, Tiziana Schiavarelli Runtime: 75 min Production Co: Kubla Khan, Mumbut Country: Italy
Synopsis: This is a movie about petty criminals in Bari, Italy who are looking for a mislaid drug shipment. Much of the action focuses on two underlings sent to look for the drugs along the railroad tracks. They spend most of their time sitting around, getting high and making fun of each other. Also, there is a bored, world-weary pool hall owner who waits for this shipment as people keep coming in and asking him for supplies. He runs a pool joint/bar that is also an undercover place for gambling and drug-selling, and hangs out with various friends and patrons there.